November 12 2010
So anyway today I was walking down the street and I saw a little kid on his dad’s shoulders. Maybe two years old. Toddler-style. The kid was sporting a kid-sized old timey bowler hat— and stuck in the band of the hat was a playing card. Jack of Spades. The kid was also wearing slick sunglasses, high tops, and a mini-leather bomber jacket– and my first thought was, ‘Wow that kid looks way cool! He looks like he smokes already or something!’
Then I was like, ‘Wait up… The kid isn’t “cool” he doesn’t even know wtf he’s wearing! It’s the dad who is probably cool…’ Then I was like, ‘Wait up… Is that dad cool? Or not cool? It struck me that maybe the dad was trying way too hard to “be cool” by having a extra cool kid on his shoulders. And I thought maybe the dad was a dickhead for buying a velvety kid-sized bowler hat– and having the nerve to stick a playing card in it.’ Like, ‘Dude, why is your kid dressed like a drunk in a pool hall?’
I dunno. The whole thing made me wonder about how young is too young to go way ‘cool’ on your kid. Is there a too young? Like maybe there’s an actual benefit to starting the kid out early on dressing cool? Will the cool dressed kid have a better chance of being ‘cool’ later in life– especially if he or she gets a jump start from before they even know what cool is?
I wouldn’t know because judging from my little kid pictures I was apparently left to my own devices when it came to dressing. I remember wearing my favorite sky blue Puma t-shirt over a thick striped rugby shirt like every day. And I rocked Toughskin high waters and stuff. And I never turned out “cool”. If I had a fashion sense back then would I have a better fashion sense now? Would I be cooler now?
I doubt it.
But I have mixed feelings about going all big on kids fashion. I could see how it’s probably fun for mom’s buying fashionista outfits for a toddler (especially for a girl) but at some point it crosses the line. Past fun. Past funny. Past fashion. I think at some point it crosses over to turning your kid into an actual accessory. Or a thing for showing off $ by dressing them extra expensive. Reflecting directly on the parent instead of the ‘individual’ kid. Once there, then maybe you’ve gone maybe too far. Plus, I always feel like the coolest kids are the kids that look like they dress themselves in the dark. Mix and match with no rhyme or reason and look all f–ked up colorful.
Then again none of this is my business. I don’t know nuttin bout this stuff– but I know it was a little too hot outside for a furry bomber jacket today.